Ewa Ochman

Ewa Ochman


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Personal profile


  • MA Polish Language and Literature (The Jagiellonian University, Krakow)
  • PhD Contemporary Polish History (European Studies Research Institute, The University of Salford)

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Memory Studies Association 

Research interests

My research interests are mainly focused on the twentieth-century history of central and eastern Europe and deal broadly with state sponsored history, remembrance of war, decommunisation of public space, population displacement, borderlands and ethnic minorities. I have recently developed an interest in urban memory and the role played by the newly revived east European municipality in the reconstruction of multiple histories and the preservation of local cultural heritage.

Prizes and awards

2010 The Polish History Museum Scholarship Fund for the project: 
"The Construction of a National Mythology and the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920"

2008-2013 RCUK Academic Fellowship for the project: 
"The Second World War and Commemoration in Poland's Borderlands and Diaspora Communities"

2006-2008 Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship for the project: 
"The Second World War and commemoration in Poland post-1989"


Other teaching information

Russian and East European History, Cultural History of Modern War, Holocaust Studies, Nationalism in Eastern Europe, Collective Memory and Commemorations, and Polish Language at all levels.

Supervision information

Postgraduate Opportunities

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who want to research contemporary Polish history and Polish-Jewish relations. I am also happy to supervise research in areas of social and cultural memory with a particular focus on politics of memory and identity in central and eastern Europe, post-socialism and migration and population displacement.

Current doctoral supervision

Viktoriia Svyrydenko, Narrating the Imperial Past: Public Space and the Politics of Memory in Post-Soviet Ukraine (co-supervisor, with Vera Tolz) (ESRC).

Recently awarded PhDs

Dmitrijs Andrejevs: Contested Monuments and Their Afterlives: The V.I. Lenin Monumentin Post-Soviet Riga (first supervisor, with Olga Ultrugashewa) (2022 completion).

Anna Glew: The Commemorative Activity of Ordinary People in Central Ukraine after the Euromaidan (first supervisor, with Olga Onuch) (2022 completion).

Former PhD research students

Iwona Skorbilowicz: The Polish Writers' Union in Gomułka's Polish People's Republic, 1956-1970 (co-supervisor, with Vera Tolz) (2020 completion).

Dominika Cholewinska-Vater: Contested Loyalties in War: Polish-Jewish Relations within the Anders Army (first supervisor, with Jean-Marc Dreyfus) (2019 completion). 

Aneta Jarzebska: Transgressing the Borders of Gallery Space. Subversive Practices of Alternative Art Galleries in East Germany and Poland of the 1970s (co-supervisor, with Matthew Philpotts) (2018 completion).

Jan Gryta: Remembering the Holocaust and the Jewish Past in Kraków, 1980-2013 (first supervisor, with Cathy Gelbin) (2016 completion).

Stuart Cunningham: Wends and the Wende: Modern German Unification (1989-90) and the Sorbs (co-supervisor, with Stefan Berger) (2013 completion). 

Ewa Stanczyk, Contact Zone Identities: Lemkivshchyna in the Poetry of Jerzy Harasymowicz (co-supervisor, with Stephen Hutchings) (2010 completion).

Membership of doctoral committees

Katarzyna Nowak, Reshaping Bodies, Behaviours and Minds: Polish Displaced Persons in Refugee Camps after World War II (2018 completion).

Alina Rzepnikowska, Convivial Cultures in Multicultural Societies: Narratives of Polish Migrants in Britain and Spain (2016 completion).

Iryna Clark, The Mediation of the Concept of Civil Society in the Belarusian Press, 1991-2010. (2015 completion).

Ksenija Kolerovic, The Vlachs and The Serbian Primary School (1878-1914): An Example of Serbian Nation-Building (2014 completion).

Justyna Drobnik-Rogers, The Theatre Practice of Krzysztof Warlikowski or Disclosing ‘the Other’ in Polish Theatre post-1989 (2012 completion).

Christopher Lash, Moving West: The Transfer of Kresy Poles to Post-Yalta Poland, Urban Reconstruction and Post-war Relief: 1944-8 (2010 completion).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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